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HOUSTON (AP) -- Rockets first-round pick Royce White has refused his assignment to Houston s D-League affiliate, yet another setback to his return to the court.

White, the 16th overall pick in the June draft, has spent most of the season on Houston s inactive list while he and the team figure out how to handle his anxiety disorder and overall mental health.

White s assignment to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday looked to be a positive step in his return. But on Sunday, White released an almost 500-word statement where he says in part: I have chosen to not play, because the doctors and I believe it to be unsafe for unqualified Rockets front office personnel to make medical decisions, as they are not mental health professionals.

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